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Police smash child porn ring with raids across 12 countries

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An article on theinquirer leads to a report detailing the arrest of "hundreds of people across two continents [...] in a Spanish-led operation to break a child pornography ring operating via the internet."

'Best blogs on the web' honoured

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The best of the web's blogs - online diaries or websites where people publish their thoughts - have been recognised in the annual Bloggies. The winners from 30 categories were announced at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Texas, US. Boing Boing won the coveted overall best blog prize.

Internet Access Tax May Not Be Dead

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Thought you were free from paying new taxes on your Internet access, at least for the next four years? The Internet Tax Non-Discrimination Act was supposed to put a moratorium on new Net taxes. That, however, hasn't stopped some in Washington from suggesting that old taxes might be applied in new ways.

New game of tagging may be "it"

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One of the more tantalizing, if not confounding, innovations in how people share information on the Web has to do with a new process called tagging.

Promulgated by a site called del.icio.us, tagging has to do with on-the-fly categorization of Web links. It's like a do-it-yourself Dewey Decimal System for the Web, except that it really isn't a system at all. At least, not yet.

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Google Moves Desktop Search Out of Beta

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"Google Inc. is taking its desktop search application out of beta on Monday with a release that supports more file formats and opens access to third-party developers."

"Google Desktop Search 1.0 moves beyond the beta version's Microsoft focus by introducing support for applications from the Mozilla Foundation and America Online Inc.'s Netscape Communications."

Getting the net off the ground

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"Early attention to security issues might have given us a better internet today - or the project might never have taken off at all, says Robert Kahn."

Google's Autolink: Evil or Convenience?

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"Recently there's been something of an explosion in the weblogging world over the "AutoLink" feature in Google's new toolbar. If the hype is to be believed, AutoLink is pure evil. Except you shouldn't believe the hype, and it's not AutoLink that people are really up in arms about."

Google Technology: Linux, Shards, MapReduce, and the GFS

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Here's a no non-sense look at google's technology without a lot of jargon and terms to sizzle your brain. "The company wrote its own file system, called Google File System, which is optimized for handling large, 64 megabyte blocks of data. Significantly, the file system was designed to assume that a failure, such as a failed disk or unplugged network cable, can happen at any time."

Illicit drug sales booming online

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"The worldwide trade in illegal drugs sold over the internet has surged, according to the UN's drug watchdog. Dangerous drugs are being sold without prescription in a virtual marketplace that is difficult to control, says the International Narcotics Control Board."

Yahoo! goes Hollywood

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"Watch out, Hollywood. There's a new player in town. Yahoo!, the Internet portal created a decade ago by a pair of Stanford University computer geeks, is getting serious about muscling in on the entertainment business."

Big Bullies

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"A Dutch Web site claimed victory in a David-and-Goliath battle against Microsoft Corp. this week after the software vendor's AntiSpyware program flagged the Dutch company's home page as malicious content."

"Microsoft has agreed to compensate and apologize to the operator of Dutch directory site..."

Greetings From the Most Connected Place on Earth

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Joel Strauch, of PCWorld, has written an interesting article on the proliferation of broadband connectivity in South Korea. He says, "When my wife and I arrived here last fall to teach English, we stepped into perhaps the most Internet-crazed country in the world. What tipped us off? Well, one example is that South Korea has a high school where students train in the game Starcraft like Texas high schoolers practice football."

EBay eyes open source

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Following a path laid by open source developers, eBay may open up some of its source code in order to quicken the pace of application development and open up new business opportunities.

Hey Coool, a Virtual Tour

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The Detroit News is carrying all the news of the entries in this year's Detroit Auto Show. In fact they even have virtual tour. Shooo, saves me a trip to Michigan! Tongue

Latest On the Browser Wars

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Charles Cooper at news.com shares some of his experiences at the RSA Conference and thoughts on the IE - Firefox war. He says, "So there I was trying my best to get a midlevel Microsoft manager to take the bait. 'Does Microsoft now feel confident it's found a way to slow the rise of Firefox--maybe even win back some lost customers?' Instead I was left high and dry."

Coolest Homepage Yet!

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Am I the only one who thinks this is the coolest homepage yet? Click on the software link to find that he is indeed one of us. Big Grin

Will Nutch Nudge out Google?

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There's a new open source web crawler/indexer on the horizon. Will Nutch give Google a run for it's money? Time will tell I suppose, but those are pretty big shoes to fill. I'm skeptical. Read Steve Mallett's article here speculating that it is possible given enough resources.

Suicide Pact in Yahoo Chat Rooms

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The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that "an Oregon man has been arrested on suspicion of soliciting women and children on the Internet for a Valentine's Day mass suicide on the lawn of his parents' home." CNN is covering this too.

50 gmail invites?

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Software

Has anyone else noticed they now have 50 gmail invites to get rid of? I couldn't even get rid of the original 5 or 6! Well, here's a summary of this weeks google wars.

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